Left Menu
Development News Edition

UPDATE 1-France seeks Libya ceasefire, migrant centre struck

Reuters | Updated: 08-05-2019 21:30 IST | Created: 08-05-2019 21:30 IST
UPDATE 1-France seeks Libya ceasefire, migrant centre struck
France's President Emmanuel Macron called on Wednesday for a ceasefire in the month-long battle for Libya's capital Tripoli after fighting hit a migrant detention centre overnight. With foreign powers aghast at the latest flare-up in a nation divided and chaotic since the 2011 toppling of Muammar Gaddafi, Macron met the internationally-recognised Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj in Paris.

"Noting that there is no military solution to the Libyan conflict ... the proposal was put forward to delimit a ceasefire line, under international supervision," Macron's office said in a statement afterwards, also backing a U.N. peace plan and elections. France has in the past been supportive of eastern Libyan forces commander Khalifa Haftar, who launched an assault on Serraj's Tripoli base in early April under the banner of combatting terrorism and restoring order.

With Haftar's troops bogged down in southern outskirts, fighting has been raging though the night but slowing in the day as the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan began this week. Overnight, there was shelling on a camp of pro-Serraj fighters, witnesses said. Shrapnel struck the roof of a nearby migrants' detention centre in the eastern suburb of Tajoura.

Though nobody was wounded at the centre, frightened migrants, who had come mainly from sub-Saharan African nations hoping to reach Europe by sea, pleaded for rescue. "We have almost lose hope in our life," one migrant at the centre told Reuters, declining to give his name. "You know Libya for now is not safe. War here is too much. Please, we need help."

HUNDREDS DEAD AND INJURED The Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) charity said a hole was blown open in a hangar housing women, nearly hitting one infant. "How many more lives must be threatened before these vulnerable people are evacuated out of #Libya?" it tweeted.

The fighting has killed 443 people and injured another 2,110, with tens of thousands also forced out of their homes, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The conflict has threatened to disrupt OPEC member Libya's oil shipments, fuel migration to Europe, and encourage jihadists to exploit the power vacuum as the parallel administrations in east and west face off against each other.

It has also frozen a United Nations' peace plan for Libya, and exposed divisions in Europe and the Gulf. Haftar, a former general in Gaddafi's army who later turned against him, enjoys the backing of the United Arab Emirates and Egypt. He also received military support from France which helped him take over the eastern city of Benghazi in 2017.

France has denied it supports the Tripoli offensive, but has echoed Haftar's rhetoric in saying terrorists need to be fought. Serraj, whose supporters say Haftar is a would-be dictator in the same mould as Gaddafi, met Macron after also visiting Germany and Italy. (Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)



Why COVID-19 is unstoppable in USA despite it being ranked at the top of GHS Index?

Several worst-hit countries such as Italy, France, Spain, the UK, Canada, and Russia have peaked COVID-19 cases in April. Almost all of them have gradually flattened the curve. However, the USA is setting new daily records of infections tha...

COVID-19 seems cooking biggest ever global scam

The increasing number of corruption cases on COVID-19 funds from throughout the world and involvement of high profile persons indicate that the countries cant ignore corruption in their pandemic response programs. This has generated the nee...

Health Management Information Systems lack holistic, integrated, and pandemic resilient character

Being a part of the United Nations system, the World Health Organization WHO deserves its share of rebuke for its alleged failure issue COVID-19 health emergency alerts on appropriate time. However, the pandemic has also exposed loopholes i...

Pride in the time of coronavirus: a welcome move online?

This year is different in many ways not least as celebrations are also taking place against the dramatic backdrop of a global health crisis and a resurgence in grassroots activism following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. ...


Latest News

US Navy welcomes 1st Black female Tactical Aircraft pilot

The US Navy has welcomed its first Black female Tactical Aircraft pilot. MAKING HISTORY the U.S. Navy tweeted Thursday in response to a post that Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle had completed naval flight school and would later this month receive ...

220 Indians repatriated from Malaysia under Vande Bharat Mission

A special flight under Vande Bharat Mission brought back 220 stranded Indians from Malaysia to Punjabs Amritsar on Saturday. As many as 5,80,000 Indians have been evacuated from different countries under the Vande Bharat Mission as of July ...

Congress accuses BJP of 'hatching conspiracy'; BJP, RLP attacks Rajasthan CM for 'governance failure'

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday accused the BJP of attempting to topple the State government by buying MLAs by offering them up to Rs 25 crore, a charge denied by the opposition party and its ally Rashtriya Loktantrik Par...

Trump wears mask in public for first time during pandemic

President Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to a military hospital on Saturday, the first time the president has been seen in public with the type of facial covering recommended by health officials as a precaution against spreading or...

Give Feedback